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[out-wit] /ˌaʊtˈwɪt/
verb (used with object), outwitted, outwitting.
to get the better of by superior ingenuity or cleverness; outsmart:
to outwit a dangerous opponent.
Archaic. to surpass in wisdom or knowledge.
Origin of outwit
1645-55; out- + wit1
1. outguess, outfox, outmaneuver, outthink, finesse. Unabridged
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  • It was a strange paradox of marriage that it required her to outwit her husband.
  • Stalky and friends might outwit the teachers, but the head would always slap them down on principle.
  • However, it deprives the protected sibling from learning to negotiate or barter or to use humor to outwit the other.
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British Dictionary definitions for outwit


verb (transitive) -wits, -witting, -witted
to get the better of by cunning or ingenuity
(archaic) to be of greater intelligence than
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Word Origin and History for outwit

"to get the better of by superior wits," 1650s, from out + wit. Related: Outwitted; outwitting.

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